Researching Archaeology

ARC00051I

Module leader: Nicky Milner

Introduction

This module provides preparation for the third year dissertation by demonstrating through example how a piece of research is undertaken. At the end of the module, the students are expected to complete a research report to a professional standard, having been guided through the process step by step, and to submit a title for their own dissertation topic.

The class is split into Prehistory and Historical Archaeology groups.  Each group will be given a dataset which they then have to distill into Excel. Through this process they will begin to think about what sorts of questions they might like to ask of the data. Once they have organised the data and thought up some research questions, they will start to analyse the data using tools in Excel such as barcharts, piecharts etc and GIS. Finally, they will be expected to write up their findings into a report which sets out the research questions and objectives, context, methods, results and conclusions.

Aims

The aim of this module provides preparation for the third year dissertation by demonstrating through example how a piece of research is undertaken. At the end of the module, the students are expected to complete a research report to a professional standard, having been guided through the process step by step, and to submit a title for their own dissertation topic.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Formulate a research question
  • Construct a bibliography related to the research question
  • Understand how to search for datasets or create new datasets
  • Use a spreadsheet effectively to collate and analyse data
  • Write a report
  • Recognise the ethical implications of undertaking research

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